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'll want to learn all about it. many say it encapsulated many of the problems that america faces in the world at large. the best military report and military expert in the country tom ricks joins me to tell you about it. >>> while most of the focus of the nation and this show is on the hot spots around the world, what about the rest of the world? we'll talk to the famous scholar, kishore mahbubahni of singapore to get a different perspective on the world. let's get started. >>> all day long on cable, news talk shows we hear about how president obama is doing. on fox some say he's a socialist who's trying to indoctrinate our children, even as he mortgages their future. on msnbc he is the lonely hero fighting to give help to the sick, employ the jobless and end racism in our time. here on cnn, well, i'm on cnn, so today i want to see if we can get some kind of a clear-eyed look at what kind of a president he really is and what kind of a world he faces. so i gathered a panel of talented historians and writers. people who know greatness and the lack thereof when they see it to help m
, directing america's formidable right to help the ease in haiti. he is the head of the democratic party, the party that just suffered a major electoral loss. a lot of analysis of what went wrong for the democrats of whether the country is in ideological terms to the left or to the right and what all this means for obama's presidency. is he a lame duck? let's start with some historical perspective. obama's presidential ratings one year into his tenure are roughly the same as ronald reagan and bill clinton and jimmy carter's. the two bushes had higher ratings 41 because of the collapse of the soviet union and number 43 because of the rallying effect on the presidency. it is not much worse than his predecessors so it can be corrected. what should he do? obama needs to start acting like a president and, particularly, the president he campaigned to become. for the last six months, barack obama has seemed to be not a president, but a prime minister. he has not outlined a broad vision for the country and put forward grand plans to solve the nation's problems. instead, his white house has been
force to occupy the nation and the country was in a state of chaos and some said america simply wanted to protect its investments there. whatever the reasons for coming, the americans stayed for almost 20 years. and it was an often brutal occupation. the americans under franklin eleanor roosevelt withdrew in 1934. haiti remained a troubled and deeply chaotic place. 60 years later, they were back and in 1994 under the clinton administration, the american military went in again. this time they came to restore democracy and two years later haiti saw for the first time in its then almost 200-year history a peaceful transition of power from one democratically elected president to another. but then the earthquake and late wednesday afternoon, of course, america returned again. this time not just with military might, but with aid workers, search and rescue teams, doctors, nurses and much more. the response from the rest of the world has been strong. but the response from america has been extraordinary. it's a wonderful example of the power of america to do good and do it fast. so, on today's
of president obama's leadership. is he becoming a populist and broader concerns about america's decline. so, who better to talk to about all this than larry summers, one of the most brilliant economists in the world, former treasury secretary and now advising president obama in the white house. >>> after that, an extraordinary candid open, even angry conversation with the iranian foreign minister mottaki. the majority of it was in engli english. many dignitaries speak english but will not do so in interviews. anyway, i started speaking with the foreign minister about iran's nuclear program and he spoke for several minutes and answered in prussian. but when i asked him about iran's disputed elections and the resulting protests, mr. ottaki took off his ear piece and asked to finish in english. >> for those who are coming to the street firing, healing, shooting by the bombs and other things and making problems. >> there are no reports that the protesters were shooting, firing. there are reports that the besiege and the revolutionary guard were doing that. >> you do not agree there was violence
with america's top military man admiral michael mullein the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. let's get started. >>> admiral mullen, thank you for joining us. >> good to be with you, fareed. >> does the christmas bombing suggest strength or weakness on al qaeda's part? at one level i look at it and think to myself, eight years after 9/11, this is all they're able to do. that's not very impressive. >> i think it's important that we look at this across a decade, if you will. there have been an awful lot of attacks, which have been thwarted. but the system, i think, general hayden said on sunday. the system has a human dimension to it and it's not perfect and we need to do everything we can to make it as perfect as possible so that, so that some of these spectacular attacks cannot be pulled off. >> but is there also a case to be made for being honest with the american people that, you know, there is a human dimension and that, you know, sometimes people will get through. >> i'm very confident. this president, this administration and the people, my colleagues will take these lessons and do
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